Troy University, Alabama Blues Project present Wiregrass Blues Fest 2012

Posted: Thursday, 15 November 2012

DOTHAN — Troy University and the Alabama Blues Project will present the second annual Wiregrass Blues Fest on Saturday, Dec. 8th, at the Dothan Cultural Arts Center, to pay tribute to the famous Wiregrass blues legend, the late Big Mama Thornton. Co-sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Dothan, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and the Hilton Garden Inn of Dothan, the Wiregrass Blues Fest will feature performances by a lineup of top performers including Mac Arnold and a Plate Full O’ Blues; Alabama blues women Debbie Bond, Shar Baby and Rachel Edwards; and Lil’ Jimmy Reed. Gil Anthony, host of the Blues Power radio show, will emcee. A free educational presentation on Big Mama Thornton’s life will begin at 7 p.m. and the musical performances will start at 8 p.m. Advanced tickets for the performances are $10; tickets will be $15 at the door. In addition to the community performance, the Wiregrass Blues Fest will include a special educational performance for local school children on Friday, Dec. 7, designed to introduce students to the rich cultural history of Southern blues. The “Blues in Schools” performance, including several of the artists featured in the Blues Fest, will be held at 10 a.m. inside the Dothan Civic Center before an audience of about 2,200 Dothan middle school students. “Dothan’s mayor, Mike Schmitz, and Dothan City Schools’ Superintendent Tim Wilder and Allyson Morgan, the Secondary Schools Director, have been instrumental in helping to bring this fun, educational event to fruition,” said Dr. Jeneve Brooks, assistant professor of sociology and lead organizer for the Blues Fest. For more information about the Blues Fest, or to purchase tickets, go to “